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The Millennium Book on New Delhi

B.P. Singh (Editor) Pavan K Varma (Editor)
Synopsis When the foundation stone for New Delhi was laid in 1911, it was planned as a seat of colonial power. In the last fifty years, however, it has transformed into the dynamic cosmopolitan capital of an independent and democratic republic. This book covers all those aspects of Delhi that make it a veritable microcosm of India against the unique backdrop of a history dating back to more than a thousand years. An introductory essay by B.P. Singh establishes both the purpose and content of the book in which New Delhi emerges as a mirror of the hopes and aspirations of one billion Indians marching into the new millennium. Khushwant Singh’s essay is a historical sketch of Delhi. Ravinder Kumar focuses on the way post-Independence New Delhi metamorphosed from a center of imperial power to a vibrant capital. Sunita Kohli highlights the architectural legacy of Lutyen’s Delhi while Premlata Puri looks at the city’s art, music, and literary traditions. Ranjit Lal’s essay acquaints the reader with the diversity of Delhi’s flora and fauna, much of which is being submerged by rapid urbanization. Madhu Jain’s is a spirited account of the pace and rhythm of life in Delhi and the social profile of the city’s inhabitants. Mark Tully describes the hazards of the nation’s capital while Bibek Debroy profiles the city’s economy—Delhi is now a major industrial and business centre, fulfilling the demands of various sectors. The epilogue by Pavan K. Varma is a meditation on the city, a glance at its past and a look into its future. A chronology of events by H.K. Kaul identifies the key moments in the history of New Delhi. Richly supplemented by photographs and illustrations, including previously unpublished and rare archival material, this is a first-of-its kind portrayal of Delhi as a unique city representing people’s power—the political and cultural centre of a new India.
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About the authors

B.P. Singh

Dr. B.P. Singh, has to his credit many publications on Indo-English writers in reputed journals. He is at present working on ‘Poverty and Marital Discord’ He is at present working in Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University Agra, and is also associated with a NGO.

Pavan K Varma

Pavan K. Varma graduated with honours in History from St Stephens College, Delhi, and took a degree in Law from Delhi University. A member of the Indian Foreign Service, he has served in Moscow, in New York at the Indian Mission to the United Nations, and as India’s High Commissioner in Cyprus. He has been Press Secretary to the President of India, Official Spokesman for the Foreign Office, and is at present Director of the Nehru Centre in London. He is the author of Ghalib: The Man, The Times; Krishna: The Playful Divine; Yudhishtar and Draupadi: A Tale of Love, Passions and the Riddles of Existence; The Great Indian Middle Class; The Book of Krishna; and Maximize Your Life (with Renuka Khandekar), all published by Penguin. He has also translated Kaifi Azmi (Selected Poems) and Atal Bihari Vajpayee (21 Poems) into English for Penguin.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Millennium Book on New Delhi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195654455
length xiv+257p., Maps; 34cm.